ten thoughts on a wednesday |26|
i’m feeling so, so sweetly excited for christmas. being pregnant + having a toddler around at christmastime just makes everything so special.
candy cane joe-joes are my absolute, hands-down favourite treat in the whole wide world. both my mom and ian’s mom sent us a box this year and rationing them out to last more than a couple of days has been unsuccessful.
a 19th-century english poet wrote these lines:
// amidst the freezing sleet and snow, / the timid robin comes; / in pity drive him not away, / but scatter out your crumbs. …
all have to spare, none are too poor / when want with winter comes; / the loaf is never all your own, / then scatter out the crumbs.
soon winter falls upon your life,/ the day of reckoning comes: / against your sins, by high decree, / are weighed those scattered crumbs. //
during this beloved christmas season, it is fitting that we take delight in the lights, music, gifts, and glitter. this is all a part of why we love this time of year so much.
but let us never forget that we are disciples and followers of jesus christ, the living son of the living god. to truly honor his coming into the world, we must do as he did and reach out in compassion and mercy to our fellowmen. this we can do daily, by word and deed. let this become our christmas tradition, no matter where we are—to be a little kinder, more forgiving, less judging, more grateful, and more generous in sharing our abundance with those in need.
may the contemplation of the birth of jesus in bethlehem inspire us to be more like him. may christ’s mission and example cause our hearts to swell with divine love for god and deep compassion for our fellowmen. and may we ever scatter out our crumbs with greater generosity and unceasing love.
-dieter f uchtdorf (full talk here)
i’m trying to scatter some crumbs this christmas season. they really feel like minuscule crumbs, but they are feeding some robins, and i am glad.
moses is obsessed with animals. i don’t know why but a few months ago he started doing this random sound where he smacks his lips together to communicate anything about animals. we are giving him a huge national geographic animal picture book for christmas and he’s going to freak. i love the way that he reminds me to be excited about things and to have joy.
we pretty much have no idea what we are going to name our baby. we happen to both like a lot of old testament names, but i think i have successfully convinced ian that we cannot have moses and [insert name of really well-known, depicted-with-a-long-white-beard bible prophet], at least not right in a row! we don’t want to go overboard :) (and definitely aren’t going for a theme…) luckily we have a few more months to figure this out … but i wouldn’t be surprised if our baby is nameless for the first bit of his life - we’re practically stumped!
this is pretty much my favourite picture ever ^^
there have been a few things going on in our extended family recently that have stretched our hearts and deepened our prayers and widened our perspectives. life is so precious, and family relationships are what it’s all about.
i’m really pumped about my new years’ resolutions. i’m going to follow my sister shawni’s example and choose one word to really focus on for the year. my word for 2018 is time. i have all sorts of goals and plans to use time better - this is something i’ve been trying to somewhat master (i know i’ll never totally master it!) for so many years. i plan to go back to school in 2018 and also to begin training for a marathon and working on some other longer-term goals. so between those - and, you know, having a baby :) - i should really need a focus on using time wisely!
we are taking a quick trip to belgium this weekend! we are excited to visit the christmas markets in brugge and in brussels. waffles and chocolate, here we come! we get home late on saturday - christmas eve eve, so i need to make sure we are grocery shopped up for all our meals and activities on the 24th and 25th before we leave!
tomorrow we are over the hump on darkness hours. i’m soooo happy about that and am longing for summer days when it stays light until 10pm! I actually love the very temperate weather in london … but the darkness is really hard. after tomorrow it’s all looking up :)
happy wednesday! life is beautiful.